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10/5/09 2:02 P

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Another great place to look for information about bats and bat houses is Bat Conservation International www.batcon.org/
where you'll find loads of information about these wonderful creatures and learn about a terrible disease that is decimating populations throughout much of the eastern U.S.

Bats are some of gardeners' best friends!



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10/1/09 5:27 A

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Oh that's good to know. They were certainly entertaining to watch flying round & round the roofline & chimney. LOL - I had bats in my belfry (so to speak!)

I guess they'll come back next year since they met no opposition or difficulties. We welcome animals to our property as long as they aren't horribly destructive or dangerous.

Stay calm and carry on.
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9/29/09 10:08 P

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I don't think bats make nests. The only references I could find to them making a home other than just "hanging around" is in the tropical rain forests, where they make tents out of leaves to keep dry.

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9/28/09 11:34 P

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Oh hey - I'm all for bats. Everything has a place in the food chain, right? It was fun watching them fly round & round our roof at dusk. It was like our house was the haunted house of the neighborhood. We were concerned with them over-wintering in our chimney. We burn a lot of fires during the winter & I'd hate to kill any of them. Fortunately, they seem to have migrated. I haven't seen or heard one for a few weeks now.

Thanks for the link for houses. I'm not very handy, but I'd be willing to buy a few to give them somewhere other than my chimney to spend their days.

They don't build nests or something similar? My final concern about the bats would be that they left behind nesting material that could cause a chimney fire.

Stay calm and carry on.
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9/27/09 11:31 P

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Look at: www.eparks.org/wildlife_protection/w
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This tells you how to make or buy bat houses. They are fascinating animals, and come out usually in the early evening, just after the sun goes down. You can see them swoop for insects, and they will get so close to an object you will think they are going to crash, but then their radar warns them, and away they go. They are quite acrobatic, and my grandchildren love watching them.

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9/27/09 1:58 P

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What sort of house do you get for them? I have so many bugs around my house?

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9/26/09 12:21 P

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But the bats are the reason you had no insects! They eat so many..."A single little brown bat (myotis) can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour, and is one of the world's longest-lived mammals for its size, with life spans of almost 40 years."---from home.earthlink.net/~cmsquare/batfact
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When I have my own house and am not renting, I am going to put up bat houses to encourage them to live in my yard.

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I wish I could have them now!! Thank you for reminding me how valuable bats are in controlling insects--seriously! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9/26/09 11:07 A

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We had very few mosquitos this year, or evening bugs of any kind. Late in the summer I realised a ton of bats had taken up residence in our chimney! They've migrated south now, so we need to patch up whatever hole they used to get in there ... We thought it was sealed properly.

I wonder if the bats chewed through the wire mesh we used to enclose the top of the chimney? emoticon

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9/25/09 11:34 A

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I had no Japanese beetles this year (odd!!), but in the past have used the Japanese Beetle Traps. They work well.

I think one of the reasons we have not had to deal with garden pests might be because of the herbs I grow. I grow many herbs, and they are everywhere. Butterflies, bees, lady bugs are all attracted. Lady Bugs eat small insects such as aphids, and we have a ton of spiders everywhere. So many kinds I cannot keep track. I never get rid of a web, and find great joy in spotting a web among the veggies!

We have toads and frogs, which eat insects.

Our biggest pest is a pest to US--mosquitoes! If anyone knows of any natural way to get rid of them, I could use the help. I've read in several places that Basil is a repellent, but not in our yard! The mosquitoes are worse at the basil, not less bothersome. We also have tiger mosquitoes, the striped ones, that are active all day, not just early morning and evening.

Hmmm...pests that I enjoy: bunnies! emoticon We have several. I just plant enough for them, too. I also enjoy the caterpillars that love the dill. They are baby monarch butterflies, so again, I plant enough for both the caterpillars and the family. emoticon

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9/25/09 12:22 A

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Japanese Beetles are the scourge of our garden & many in this area (Northern Virginia Piedmont- very close the mountains).They're about the size of a fat almond (out of shell), black with irridescent coloring on their wings.

Once you get them they eat EVERYTHING. Because the fly & eat they go for the tall plants first. They burrow into the buds of dahlias & roses, eat all the buds & flowers from our Rose of Sharon (Hybiscus family)

Milky Spore works great to control them, but you have to spread the stuff everywhere on your property & I think it has to be done twice a year, indefinitely. A giant bag is about $20 at the farmer's co-op in Culpeper, but we have so much property it runs up a bill very fast.

I've added a link that includes information & photos..Hope no one ever has to deal with them..

homeharvest.com/milkyspore.htm

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9/24/09 11:08 P

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Sparkle,

Those large gross worms are tomato horn worms. This year I had only ONE (yay!), which I picked off and "did away with." I have always planted marigolds with my tomatoes, but this year I planted marigold borders all around the tomato rows (I have three rows of tomatoes). I had no insect problems with them.

My garden is far from over. Tomatoes are looking sad, but still blooming and producing. The herbs are beautiful, and I just planted lettuces, carrots, spinach, beets, peas, and bunching onions. My flowers, or most of them, are still blooming. I love the fall so much better than summer.

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9/24/09 2:09 P

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i did patio tomatoes and didn,t have any bugs near mine.

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9/24/09 9:31 A

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Duh . . . I hate to be so "blonde-stooopid" SparkFriends, but What are Japanese Beetles and what garden goodies do they attack? When? How?
What kind of damage to look for?

ALSO - - our tomatoes were doing so beautifully this year, that is, until the ugly green "monster" worms arrived and DEVOURED the plants, leaves, and fruits!
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I was hoping we'd left those suckers behind in California but somehow they followed us all the way to Arkansas. LOL

ANY IDEA what those pesky creatures are?

What to do to prevent them devastating our tomatoes?
HELP!
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9/23/09 7:49 P

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We have trouble with those Japanese beetles too and I hate them. Thanks for the suggestions.

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9/23/09 5:26 P

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A few other things that I always do at the end of our growing season:

-have blades of my trimmers sharpened & cleaned - if you can do this yourself, even better (saves $)

-clean off all the equipment you won't be using until Spring with mild soap & water mix, wipe down with rubbing alcohol (to get rid of any baddies living on them), and rub with something like w-40 spray to keep them from getting rusty

-We have probs w/Japanese Beetles, now is the time to lay down milky spore. It really works, but the applications must continue even if you see fewer grubs/beetles to prevent them from coming back or getting worse - we were lucky, our poor neighbors put out "traps"...better known as LURES. I think this helped decrease our beetle population

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9/19/09 3:01 P

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yes summer went to fast. i should be out there and cleaning up my veggie garden too.i,m waiting til the plants die a bit.

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Not too bad Sunny. Hope you're doing ok too.
I guess you get real attached to your "Sunnies" and it's hard to pull them up at season's end.
Awwww . . . that's sweet of you and kinda cute too.
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Thanks for the article. I have been cleaning
up my stuff around the yard and my veggie
containers... it just seemed like summer
went so fast... Have a nice evening ~ Lin

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emoticon Joanna - great article. Our garden is all but "put to sleep". I have one row left of the sunflowers and just could not pull them up.

Enjoy your weekend.

Hi Margrit! Hope all is well with you, my friend.

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks BKWERM.

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This was in my local paper today and I thought I would share:


September garden checklist
MOUNT HAMILTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY, GROWING GREEN

Published on Sep 18, 2009
There was a time when I put the garden to bed shortly after Labour Day not knowing what I was missing. But I’ve found that September has its own rewards besides the kids heading back to school.

Glancing out my kitchen window, I see Japanese anenomes dancing to the slightest breeze. The gorgeous white blooms of the August lily and the summer phlox are sending their intoxicating scent throughout the garden. Gold finches and butterflies flit among the giant yellow rudbeckia, purple cone flowers, sedums and grasses while hummingbirds visit the lantana, scarlet runner beans and morning glories.

But a garden isn’t made by sitting in the shade, so September has its own to do list:

• Take note of successes and failures, plants that would look and do better in another location, winning plant combinations etc.

• This is a perfect time to dig and prepare new beds with compost, chipped leaves and well rotted manure. Let the earth worms, winter snow and nature’s freezing and thawing cycle work its magic.

• Now’s the time to treat grub damaged turf with nematodes. Consult your local nursery regarding application.

• Over seed patchy parts of the lawn with good quality, fast growing grass seed.

• Take cuttings of some of your favourite annuals and save a few seeds to plant next season.

• Treat yourself to beautiful fall plants such as mums, flowering cabbage and kale or icicle pansies.

• Plant bulbs in anticipation of next spring.

Growing Green is prepared by Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society and appears biweekly. This week’s column was written by Helen MacPherson, aone of the society's directors. She also serves as their Outreach Chair.



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